Álvaro Ferreira da Silva
Álvaro Ferreira da Silva
Associate Professor

Álvaro Ferreira da Silva has been teaching courses on Business and Economic History.

He received his PhD from the European University Institute (Florence, 1998) with a thesis titled “Urban Growth, Regulation, and Business Opportunities: Residential Building in Lisbon (1860-1930)”. He served as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Research, and presently is an elected member of the School Council as representative of the faculty. His research interests span through several fields. Recently he has been working on business groups and corporate networks, leading a research project funded by FCT and participating in two international projects. This research has been published in international journals (Business History, Business History Review), and in two comparative volumes (The Power of Corporate Networks and Oxford Handbook of Business Groups in Developed Countries). He is also interested in technology and business activities in infrastructure projects (transports, power, and sanitation), having published several articles and book chapters during the last years. He currently runs a project on international business and political risk in the 20th century. He was the President of the Portuguese Economic History Association (2013-2017)


PhD in History (European University Institute, Florence)

Master in Historical Economics and Sociology (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Undergraduate in History (Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa)


Business and economic history, particularly on business groups and corporate networks, urban infrastructure in power, sanitation, and transportation, foreign investment and political risk in large technological systems

  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da, Sousa, M. Luísa (2019). The “script” of a new urban layout: mobility, environment, and embellishment in Lisbon’s streets (1850–1910). Technology and Culture, 60 (1), 65-97.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da, Amaral, Luciano, Neves, Pedro (2016). Business groups in Portugal in the Estado Novo period (1930–1974): Family, power and structural change. Business History, 58 (1), 49-68.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (2016). Multinationals and foreign direct investment: the Portuguese experience (1900-2010). Journal of Evolutionary Studies in Business, 2 (1), 40-68.
  • Cunha, Miguel Pina, Rego, Arménio, Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da, Clegg, Stewart (2015). An institutional palimpsest? The case of Cambodia’s political order, 1970 and beyond. Journal of Political Power, 8 (3), 431-455.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (2014). Organizational innovation in nineteenth-century railway investment: Peripheral countries in a global economy. Business History Review, 88 (4), 709-736.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da, Sousa, M. Luísa (2009). In search of the urban variable: Understanding the roots of urban planning in Portugal. Métropoles, 6 (1957-7788), 17-64.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (1997). A evolução da rede Urbana portuguesa (1801-1940). Analise Social, 32 (143-144), 779-814.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (1996). A construção residencial em Lisboa: evolução e estrutura empresarial (1860-1930). Analise Social, 31 (136-137), 599-629.
  • Braga de Macedo, Jorge, do Amaral, Luciano, Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da, de Castro Henriques, António (2009). Nove ensaios na tradição de Jorge Borges de Macedo. Tribuna da História.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da, Neves, Pedro (2018). Portugal: Changing environment and flexible adaptation. Business groups in the West: Origins, evolution, and resilience. Colpan, Asli M., Hikino, Takashi (Eds.), 346-374.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da, Neves, Pedro (2014). Business coalitions and segmentation: Dynamics of the Portuguese corporate network. The Power of Corporate Networks: A Comparative and Historical Perspective. 191-212.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (2014). O Processo Económico, 1880-1930. História Contemporânea de Portugal, Vol.3. Teixeira, N. S. (Eds.), Vol. 3, 117-157.
  • do Amaral, Luciano, Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (2012). A economia portuguesa na I República. A Primeira República. 235-248.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (2012). More than a Brass Nameplate on the Door: Ownership and Control in the Companhia Real dos Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (1860s-1890s). Railroads in Historical Context. Beira, E. (Eds.), 253-279.
  • do Amaral, Luciano, Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (2011). A Economia portuguesa durante a I República. Outubro: A Revolução Republicana em Portugal (1910-1926). Amaral, Luciano (Eds.).
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da, do Amaral, Luciano (2011). A crise orçamental e monetária portuguesa no contexto internacional (1914‑1931). 1 ed. A Primeira República Portuguesa: Diplomacia, Guerra e Império. Meneses, Filipe Ribeiro de, Oliveira, Pedro Aires (Eds.), 51-80.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (2011). Street, sanitation and beautification: Urban intervention in nineteenth-century Lisbon. Leituras de Marques da Silva: Reexaminar a modenidade no início do século XXI. Ramos, Rui (Eds.).
  • do Amaral, Luciano, Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (2009). Introdução. Nove Ensaios na Tradição de Jorge Borges de Macedo. Braga de Macedo, J., Amaral, Luciano, Ferreira da Silva, J. A., Castro Henriques, António (Eds.), 33-43.
  • do Amaral, Luciano, Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (2009). Padrões de mobilidade interna em Portugal na segunda metade do século XIX. Desenvolvimento económico e mudança social. Serrão, José Vicente (Eds.), 375-392.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (2009). Engineers and organizational behaviour: the Companhia Real dos Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (1870-1885). The Quest for a professional Identity: Engineers between training and action. 329-342.
  • Silva, Álvaro Ferreira da (2009). Mobilidade interna em Portugal na segunda metade do século XIX. Movilidad de la población y migraciones en áreas urbanas de España y Portugal. 131-152.